Democratic Party Leaders News Conference CSPAN January 7, 2020 6:21pm-6:30pm EST
accept the clinton rules. that's where we are. 58%, send the articles, national number, 77%, accept the clinton rules. there's lots going on in the world. the world continues to be a dangerous place. there's important business that this senate and this house need to do. we need to get on these things. it's time for speaker pelosi to get on with it or get out of the way. >> good afternoon, everybody. i'm proud to be joined by my colleagues, senators stabenow, america lee and van hollande. and the question looms. will senators stand up for a fair trial. a fair trial with witnesses and documents. right now, the republican leader and i have very different visions about what it means to conduct a fair trial.
democrats believe a fair trial means that all the relevant facts come out and witnesses and documents are part of that trial. whoever heard of a trial without witnesses and documents? unprecedented. but if you're afraid of the facts, if you're afraid of what would come out, if you want to cover it up, even in something as weighty and serious as impeachment, you say no witnesses and no documents. we say witnesses and documents, fair trial. no witnesses and no documents, coverup. that simple sentence describes it all. we always knew that leader mcconnell would not be for a fair trail. -- fair trial. he said that from the beginning. he went on right wing talk radio to brag about no fair trial and just listening to the white house. but, many of his colleagues are
very, very worried about going home and saying they're not for witnesses and documents. large numbers of republicans have refused to say whether they're for witnesses and documents. and that is why leader mcconnell came down -- came up with this kick the can down the road theory. try to avoid that question. we are telling our republican colleagues, you can run, but you can't hide. there will be votes. on the four witnesses that we have asked for. there will be votes on the three sets of documents that we have requested. and there may be votes on other witnesses and documents as well. as we've seen over the last two weeks, the evidence for witnesses and documents keeps building. for somebody 90 minutes after the president's phone call to say let's hush up what he did
says something. to say orders came directly from the president from one of the witnesses we've requested in a document that's been made public says a lot. so we democrats have the ability , at an impeachment trial, to get votes on whether there should be witnesses and documents. we've known for a while, the senate in the last few weeks, mcconnell will never go for it. but will four of his republican colleagues? the eyes of america, the eyes of the founding fathers looking down upon us, are on our republican colleagues. will they stand for a fair trial? will they stand for bringing evidence forward, or will they be engaging in a coverup in one of the most sacred and profound powers that the founding fathers gave the senate?
we will see. the next few weeks will be very, very telling. senator stabenow. senator stabenow: thank you, senator schumer. as we know, the house voted to impeach donald trump, charging abecause of power and obstruction of congress. now, it's up to the senate to fulfill our responsibility, our constitutional responsibility, with a court of impeachment. leader schumer proposed a full and fair bipartisan impeachment trial process that includes witnesses and documents. pretty simple. pretty easy to understand. pretty common sense. this process will give president trump every opportunity to bring forth evidence and make his case. why doesn't he want to do that? the requests for those witnesses and documents builds on a
tremendous amount of evidence and -- unmasked by the house and it's important to remember that the president chose to obstruct the house investigation and he refused every opportunity to bring forward evidence and witnesses in his defense. why? since the house voted to impeach president trump, new evidence has come to light as we know that shows why the senate trial must include witnesses and documents. democrats are simply asking for a fair trial. we are simply say, the house should give every opportunity to the president to come forward and give his side. if he has evidence, he has witnesses that were there in the room, his top people, why doesn't he want them to come forward? we believe that a trial should have witnesses and documents.
the real question is, what are the republicans afraid of? full and fairy: a trial. what does that mean? i had a chance to go to 12 of my counties in oregon and talk to citizens about that. i went deliberately to the most conservative counties in oregon to find out how people were thinking about this and what did they think? they thought, as any american, democrat or republican or rural or urban, a full and fair chance for those prosecuting the case to present their documents and their witnesses. a full and fair chance for those defending the defendant, the president, present their case. and what else did they expect? they expected each of us who is going to take an oath to do impartial justice to actually do
impartial justice. to put the country bhove the party. to reach a conclusion that would be the same if the president was of the opposite party. it isn't just the president of the united states that will be on trial. it is the senate that will be on trial. it'll be the system of checks and balances embedded in our constitution that will be on trial. it will be all of us and the test is to whether we can in fact do impartial justice putting country ahead of party. so i think about those citizens. they know that a fair and full trial has documents and it has testimony, a coverup and a kangaroo court does not. let's honor the constitution, let's honor rainshower responsibility and pass the test history has put before us.
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